Googles mid-range Pixel is perhaps the companys worst kept secret when a prototype got into the hands of a Russian YouTuber the same one who posted a full hands-on of the Pixel 3 XL weeks before it was announced in October. A new report from Taipeis Nikkei reveals new details about Googles product roadmap for this year.
Google will launch its first non-premium smartphone model with a more budget-friendly price point to appeal to more customers in emerging markets. The base Pixel 3 model had an MSRP of $799 and this cheaper model (dubbed Pixel 3 Lite)is expected to retail below the $749 MSRP of the iPhone XR. The report is very vague about the price point citing anywhere between $150 and $700. We speculate something between $500 and $650
Aside from a cheaper Pixel, Google plans to release new smart speaker products, likely a successor to the original Google Home and a next-generation Google Home Mini is due. Wearables are also mentioned, so perhaps this is the year well see something along the lines of a Pixel Watch.
Theres also a web camera category mentioned. According to one person with direct knowledge of the matter, Google will launch a new Nest home security camera. Finally, Google will be announcing premium Pixel phones toward the end of the year as expected.
Google Pixel 3 (2018)
The report doesnt give any specific details about the timing of these products, but we should have a better idea as we get closer to Googles annual I/O developer conference where the company talks about the future of Android and Google services. The presentations might offer hints about future hardware from Google.